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Landis Recaptures Yellow Jersey at Tour de France


Ukrainian cyclist Serguei Gonchar Saturday won the next to the last stage of the Tour de France, but American rider Floyd Landis has recaptured the overall lead.

Gonchar finished the 57-kilometer individual time trial in one hour, seven minutes, 45 seconds. T-Mobile teammate Andreas Klöden of Germany was second, 41 seconds back. Landis finished third, one minute, 11 seconds off the lead.

Former overall leader Oscar Pereiro of Spain was two minutes, 40 seconds behind the winner and one minute, 29 seconds behind Landis. That meant that the American took the overall leader's yellow jersey. Landis is now 59 seconds ahead of Pereiro in the overall standings with Klöden third.

Sunday's final stage is a 154.5 kilometer ride into Paris. Landis should maintain the overall lead, as the last stage is largely ceremonial.

Should Landis win, it would mark the eighth year in a row that an American cyclist has captured the Tour. Lance Armstrong won it seven consecutive years before retiring after last year's race.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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